Introduction: Ideology, propaganda, and mass mobilization
The propaganda state's first decade
The search for a usable party history
Personifying the Soviet "experiment"
The cult of heroes and heroism
The pageantry of Soviet patriotism
The popularity of the official line
The murder of the usable past
Mass culture in a time of terror
Public opinion imperiled
The ossification of the official line
Stalinist mass culture on the eve of war
Conclusion: The propaganda state in crisis.
The USSR is often regarded as the world's first propaganda state. Particularly under Stalin, politically charged rhetoric and imagery dominated the press, schools, and cultural forums from literature and cinema to the fine arts. Yet party propagandists were repeatedly frustrated in their efforts to promote a coherent sense of "Soviet" identity during the interwar years. This book investigates this failure to mobilize society along communist lines by probing the secrets of the party's ideological establishment and indoctrinational system. An expose of systemic failure within Stalin's ideological establishment, Propaganda State in Crisis ultimately rewrites the history of Soviet indoctrination and mass mobilization between 1927 and 1941. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, c1999.
Book — xxvii, 635 p.,  p. of plates : ill., ports ; 25 cm.
A collection of formerly top-secret Soviet documents from Stalin's great purges of 1932 to 1939. Exposing to daylight the hidden inner workings of the Communist Party and the dark inhumanity of the purge process, it seeks to deepen our understanding of Soviet history. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
In the autumn and winter months of 1923, a political drama took place in the Russian Communist Party, the consequences of which not only predetermined the tragic outcome in the personal fate of many of its participants but also, to a considerable extent, stipulated the character and orientation of the later events in the Party and the country as a whole. As Lenin lay dying, the once-powerful Bolsheviks were splitting into hostile groups.The 'direct' and 'indirect' heirs to power were moving into the light of history, each having his own identity and peculiar features, ambitions and purposes. This present collection of the archival materials is the first attempt to give more or less integral, scientific and documental presentation of the struggle at that stage. It is the aim of the author that these documents (mainly unknown or little-known, even in Russia) will enrich the source study store of the researchers dealing with the history of the Russian Communist Party of the 1920s, and will allow the introduction of certain corrections in historical concepts of that period. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Book — xi, 308 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
List of illustrations-- Preface-- Introduction: the Soviet concept of propaganda-- Part I. The Civil War:
1. The press--
2. The struggle for the peasants--
3. Liquidating illiteracy in revolutionary Russia--
4. The Komsomol in the Civil War--
5. The political use of books, films, and posters-- Part II. The New Economic Policies:
6. Political education--
7. The literacy campaign--
8. The Komsomol in the 1920s--
9. The golden age of the Soviet cinema--
10. The press and book publishing in the 1920s-- COnclusion and epilogue-- Notes-- Glossary-- Bibliography-- Index.
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In this first comprehensive study of the early development of the Soviet propaganda system, Peter Kenez describes how the Bolshevik Party went about reaching the Russian people. Throughout he is more concerned with the experience of the Soviet people than with high-level politics. The book is both a major contribution to our understanding of the genius of the Soviet state, and of the nature of propaganda in the modem world. (source: Nielsen Book Data)